These Products Make It So Easy to Reapply Sunscreen Halfway Through the Day
Applying SPF at the start of the day isn't enough—make sure you're properly protecting your skin by adding an additional layer a few hours later.
In a world where skincare has become synonymous with self-care, most people understand the importance of applying sunscreen each and every morning to protect against free radicals and damaging UV rays. What many of us forget, however, is that in order for our sunscreen to live up to its fullest potential and actually protect our skin all day long, we need to reapply it every few hours (it's not enough to apply as part of a morning routine alone). While this is a simple task for people who don't wear makeup, for those who do, it presents quite the quandary. Fortunately for us, New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman is here to help.
According to Dr. Engelman, powders provide ample protection, making them the perfect option for mid-day reapplications for makeup wearers. "Sprays are easy and convenient, but [unless formulated specifically for facial touch-ups] you have to apply significantly more than you think to get anywhere close to the SPF on the bottle." The same is true for makeup (think cream foundations and tinted moisturizers) infused with SPF. Unless the product is a sunscreen first and foremost, it's unlikely that protection it provides once applied will be representative of what's listed on the bottle.
We get it: Not knowing which products are actually protective enough to shield against afternoon rays can be a headache. To help you keep your complexion safe, we went ahead and scanned the skincare aisle and found several options, from powders to mists, to stow in your bag. Come that 2 p.m. walk around the block, you'll be ready to reapply with complete confidence.
Allow us to introduce you to one of Dr. Engelman's favorite brush-on sunscreens. "This 100 percent mineral sunscreen provides protection while still feeling lightweight," she explains. "It is also oil-free, calming with niacinamides, and it's tinted, so the powder easily blends in with makeup or your skin tone."
Shop Now: Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50, $65, dermstore.com.
This best-selling setting spray has a new look and continues to be one of the most popular SPF sprays across the board. It's ultra-lightweight, smells just as light, and won't melt your made-up complexion during your mid-day spritz.
Shop Now: Supergoop! Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40, from $14, sephora.com.
UV rays aren't the only types to worry about. These days, blue light from our screens plays a deleterious role, as well. If you spend the majority of your day next to a window and in front of a screen, it's important to protect against both. Coola's five-star option fights those technology-induced rays, but isn't as powerful against the sun: The formula contains just SPF 18, so make sure you're topping it with a stronger product if you're planning on spending more of your day outside.
Shop Now: Coola Full Spectrum 360° Refreshing Water Mist Sunscreen SPF 18, $36, spacenk.com.
Instead of using a setting spray at the end of your makeup routine, use this mineral powder SPF to get the job done. It promises to keep foundation put for up to 12 hours—though be sure to reapply every two to three to keep your complexion protected, should you be outdoors.
Shop Now: Tarte "SEA" Set & Protect Mineral Sunscreen Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $28, sephora.com.
Here we have another of Dr. Engelman's favorites. "It is the first individually-packed, on-the-go solution for SPF protection," she says. "It uses a specialized foam to absorb oil on one side. Then, flip it over and use the mineral UVA/UVB broad-spectrum SPF 30 to re-apply."
Shop Now: SETZ Sunscreen Mineral Powder SPF 30, $10, setzbeauty.com.
This product from Glossier was made for those who don't like anything about conventional sunscreen—hence the water-gel formulation. Reapply this transparent formula after lunch and watch it bring a subtle dew to your skin, whether or not you're wearing base.
Shop Now: Glossier Invisible Shield Sunscreen, $25, glossier.com.
Searching for a sunscreen spray that's actually nourishing for your skin? You've found it in this Beautycounter option. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and California poppy, this product protects against UVA and UVB rays and is incredibly gentle. Spray the product onto your hands and press it into your face to prevent it from disturbing makeup.
Shop Now: Beautycounter "Countersun" Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30, $36, beautycounter.com.
The best part about this sunscreen powder is that it has a built-in brush, which makes a quick SPF boost in your car a breeze.
Shop Now: Jane Iredale "Powder Me" SPF Dry Sunscreen, $47, neimanmarcus.com.